Sunday, August 14, 2022

Bensen B8, N532KB: Accident occurred August 13, 2022 near Corona Municipal Airport (KAJO), Riverside County, California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Hicks, Michael

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Location: Corona, California 
Accident Number: WPR22LA302
Date and Time: August 13, 2022, 12:48 Local
Registration: N532KB
Injuries: 1 Minor Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 13, 2022, about 1248 Pacific daylight time, a Dick Sim Goddard Benson B-8M gyroplane, N532KB, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Corona, California. The sport pilot sustained minor injuries. The gyroplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that, during the first flight of the day he remained in the airport traffic pattern. Shortly after turning to final approach, he heard a “bang” and felt a loss of engine power. The pilot attempted to maintain airspeed; however, the gyroplane entered a
descending, uncontrollable, slow spin to the left. Just before impact, the pilot was able to flare and touch down in a level attitude. The gyroplane impacted the ground with a right sideload.

The main rotor blades struck the ground and the gyroplane rolled onto its right side. The gyroplane has been recovered and transported to storage for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GODDARD DICK SIM 
Registration: N532KB
Model/Series: BENSEN B-8M 
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAJO,533 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 17 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Corona, CA
Destination: Corona, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.89447,-117.58393 (est)

Gyrocopter crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 13-AUG-22
Time: 19:48:00Z
Regis#: N532KB
Aircraft Model: BENSEN B-8M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

The pilot of a gyrocopter crashed on a dirt road near the Corona Municipal Airport on Saturday afternoon, August 13, and suffered minor injuries.

Before 1 p.m., the gyrocopter crashed in a construction yard near Rincon Street and Smith Avenue, said Justin McGough of the Corona Fire Department.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash’s cause.

Earlier this week, a single-engine airplane landed on the 91 Freeway in Corona, clipping a truck and catching fire but causing no injuries.

It is unclear where the pilot took off, but he was trying to land at the airport, said Cpl. Tobias Kouroubacalis of the Corona Police Department.

The pilot declined treatment from first responders.

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